Virgil Sheets, Ph.D.

Virgil Sheets

Ph.D. Arizona State University, 1993

Contact Information:
Office:  Root Hall, B-212
Phone:  (812) 237-2451

Classes Taught:

  • Psychology 270:  Social Psychology
  • Psychology 350:  Environmental Psychology
  • Psychology 375:  Statistics
  • Psychology 485:  Psychology of Sustainability
  • Psychology 490M:  Evolutionary Psychology
  • Psychology 490Q:  Liking and Loving

Research Interests

  1. In close relationships (firendships and romantic relationships)
  2. Meaning in the environment (both nature and built settings)
  3. ​Environmental protections (sustainability)


Krugar Newsham, T.M., McCreary, N., Verhoff, B.L., Sheets, V.L., Speer, J.H., & Aldrich, S.P. (2020). College students’ understanding of social justice as sustainability.  International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 21, 513-530.

Speer, J.H., Sheets, V.L., Kruger Newsham, T.M., Aldrich, S.P., & McCreary, N. (2020). Sustainability survey to assess student perspectives.  International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 21, 1151-1167.

Brez, C., & Sheets, V. (2017).  Classroom benefits of recess. Learning Environments Research, 20, 433-445.

Alakhdhair, S., Sheets, V., Geib, R., Alkhuwaildi, A., & Koenig, H.G. (2016).  Psychometric properties of the Arabic version of the Belief into Action Scale.  Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 19, 846-857.

Smith, E.A., Bolinskey, P.K., Guidi, J.P., Myers, K.R., Schuder, K.M., James, A.V., Hudak, D.V., & Sheets, V. (2016).  Further examination of the factor structures of the Chapman Psychosis Proneness Scales (CPPS).  Psychiatry Research, 238, 257-263.

Sheets, V.L. (2014).  Passion for life: Self-expansion and passionate love across the lifespan. Journal of Social & Personal Relationships, 31, 958-974.

Kristeller, J., Wolever, R.Q., & Sheets, V. (2014).  Mindfulness-based eating awareness (MB-EAT) for binge eating: A randomized clinical trial.  Mindfulness, 5, 282-297.

Sheets, V.L. (2014).  Passion for life: Self-expansion and passionate love across the lifespan. Journal of Social & Personal Relationships, 31, 958-974.

Segal, J., Sacapolous, M., Sheets, V., Thurston, I., Brooks, K., & Puccia, R. (2012).  On-line doctor reviews: Do they track surgeon volume, a proxy for quality of care? Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14, 199-211.

Kristeller, J.L., Sheets, V., Johnson, T., & Frank, B. (2011).  Understanding religious and spiritual influences on adjustment to cancer:  Individual patterns and differences.  Journal of Behavioral       Medicine, 34, 550-561.

Sheets, V., & Lugar, R. (2005). Gender and friendship in Russia and the United States. Sex Roles, 52, 131-140.

Sheets, V., & Lugar, R. (2005). Sources of conflict between friends in Russia and the United States. Cross-cultural Research, 39, 380-390.

Sheets, V., & Ajmere, K. (2005). Are romantic partners a source of college students’ weight concerns? Eating Behaviors,6, 1-9.

Sheets, V., Fox, S., McGuire, C., & Spindler, K. (2003). Cognitive technology and self-presentation: Perceptions and self-perceptions of users and non-users. Cognitive Technology, 8, 18-25.

Sheets, V. & Wolf, M. (2001). Sexual jealousy in heterosexuals, lesbians, and gays. Sex Roles, 44, 255-276.

Department of Psychology